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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  329 ratings  ·  28 reviews
The Duke of Beloin mistakes a Viscount’s daughter for a fallen woman, an error he can hardly afford while trying to divine which of his enemies is blackmailing him.

Sabrina “Sabre” Bittlesworth has practiced the sword since she was eight years old. When a mysterious visitor in her brother’s house offers to make her his mistress, she challenges him to a duel, even after she
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Published August 31st 2013 by Graythorn Publishing
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Author: Sue London
First published: 2013
Length: 74 pages, 4788 locations
Setting: London and just outside, 1815
Sex: reasonably explicit but not frequent. First (and second) times unsatisfactory. (view spoiler)
Includes: Excerpt from Fates For Apate by Sue London.

The second book by this author and while she is obviously refining her craft, she hasn't made it there just yet.

London has some clever, interesting concepts mixed with a very beta Hero and strong (supposedly
Athena’s Ordeal by Sue London
Haberdashers Series Book Two
Lady Sabrina Bittlesworth or better known as Sabre to her Haberdasher sisters, always gets what she wants. And she wants a certain duke. After defending her honor after he questions it, she is so impressed with his fighting skills, she decides she will have way or another.

Quincy Telford, Duke of Beloin, is nothing like his friend Gideon. Rather than womanizing he’d prefer to have peace and quiet. To be alone. Until he sees her, S
A good read. Athena's Ordeal was an enjoyable historical romance. I had high expectation for it, since I liked book 1 so much. It didn't quite meet them all, but I still enjoyed the book.

I'm going to start with the good, since the bad are several minor problems that became a major one when put together.

I liked how Sabre was so bold. Normally, impulsiveness in a character would annoy me because it results in the character getting him/herself in a stupid situation. But, in this case, it worked for
Read this and other reviews at A Lust For Reading. I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Sabrina "Sabre" Bittlesworth is easily the leader of The Haberdashers trio. She may be petite and beautiful, but she is also extremely outspoken and can wield a sword better than most men. Quincy "Quince" Telford, Duke of Beloin, a fairly level headed man who is not driven by his baser desires. But when his eyes fall on the lovely Sabrina while visiting her older brother, he mistakes her for som
S. A.
I gave this book 4 stars b/c I rated it as a whole (reading the first two books of the series as the third is not yet available).This review is written for both one and two. I'm excited for this new, upcoming author and wish her well! The plot line was interesting and not exactly believable - three girls who parade around using men's names and created a 'boy's club' years ago where they play with weapons and challenge men to duels while dressed as men (that's book two)

Either way, her writing sti
Vikki Vaught
I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent book. I fell in love with Quince and don't understand why some of the other reviewers didn't like him. I enjoy reading books with beta heroes. Mary Balogh has several novels with them as well. Not every male is an alpha in real life so why should they be in books. I can't wait to read the next one in this series.
I honestly didn't think that Sue London could outdo the first book Trials of Artemis, but I am happy to be proven wrong! I LOVED this book!

Quince and Sabre are a wonderful couple, the chemistry between them was amazing. They were a wonderful balance for each other and other than Quince's initial and adamant refusal to marry her, I thought he was the perfect hero, seriously PERFECT!

The mystery concerning their fathers was a bit vague and I am not sure if that storyline is finished or if it is g
Diane Lang
This is the second book in Sue London's Haberdashers series and perhaps even better than the first one, "Trials of Artemis". There is a darker element that emerges involving the fathers of Sabre and Quince who were part of a Hellfire type club. We meet Sabre's brothers, Robert and Charlie, this time too. Jack, Gideon and other characters from the first book are part of this one, much to my delight.

If you haven't read "Trials of Artemis", I recommend doing so before reading "Athena's Ordeal". Th
I am hooked!

I have to say, I am officially hooked on The Haberdasher. I am now a fan of Sue London. I just hope books do not take too long in coming out. The romance, wit, spiciness and intrigue are wonderful.
Kvkeith laurie
With the second book of the Haberdasher series, I once again lost sleep. I had pre-ordered the book and when it appeared on my Kindle, I started reading and remembered why I had pre-ordered it...immediately after finishing the first one. Sabre, one of the trio of intrepid women friends, is even more fun than Jack (in the previous book). She lets nothing stand in her way and wields her wit as well as she does her ...well...saber. Quince, the duke she spars with, has layers and layers to discover ...more
Tami (synchro from BL)
DNF at 20%: Unfortunately much less appealing than the first installment.

Sabre is not a good regency heroine, if you like your romance with a bit of realism.

Sorry, but wandering around unaccompanied in an unmarried gentleman's house in a revealing red gown (in the morning!) and speaking to an unknown gentleman without introduction is not at all de rigeur. That he thought her not a lady was pretty understandable.

And then she insists on a duel to recover her honor. Also not done in regency England
Athena's Ordeal ( Haberdasher's #2 ) by Sue London is a 2013 Graythorn publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In book one of this series we were introduced to Sabrina- aka- Sabre. Jack and Sabre are part of a trio of childhood friends that are now tried and true bluestockings. If you thought Jack went against the grain, wait until you meet Sabre. Also in book one we met Quince, who was Gideon's friend. Quince makes a call to Robert, Sabre's brother, and
Athena's Ordeal is book two in the Haberdashers series by Sue London. It's easily read as a stand alone novel, but if you have read the previous book you will already know some of the characters and it's nice to hear more about them in this book.

The story this time is about Sabrina Bittlesworth, also known as Sabre. That's the name given to her when she was a young girl and joined with 3 of her friends to make the Haberdashers club. It's a perfect name for her because not only is it similar to h
Mary Larsen
I liked this book, but not as much as the first book. however the plot was still good and the relationship between Saber and Quince was sweet. I certainly think this book is worth your time.
Deanna Stanley
Wow. What happens when a sexy introvert and an aggressive woman butt heads? Oh, and add in a sinister plot against the guy and a shadowy group only know by code names?

You get this book.

Full of adventure, sexy as hell, and a non-stop good read.
This is such a little gem of a series! Loved the first one (and yes, you really do need to read them in order) but this one was better. Ms. London never leaves any of the characters behind so it makes for a cozy little world.
I can't put my finger on why I feel vaguely dissatisfied with this second book in the series.

Perhaps because Sabre's parents appear to have no interest in her whereabouts or what she is doing, despite the fact that her mother is portrayed as a good woman. Perhaps because Sabre's brothers are 'happy' for her to move in with a Duke without a chaperone. Perhaps because for much of the book I was in the dark about what was going and why. The plot was terribly convoluted and yet the reveal about the
Stunned. Nothing in the first book of this series suggested that the author was so crassly ignorant of the period about which she is writing that she imagines a young, unmarried noblewoman could pay a call on a bachelor. As for first appearing in the bedroom and then moving herself into the house of a man who hates her father and wants nothing to do with her, or taking over the housekeeping when the housekeeper goes on vacation... it just boggles the mind.

I've given it two stars since it's not
Tamsen Schultz
I think the first book was a smidge more fun to read, but loved this one too and looking forward to the third.
i liked it.
The Window Seat
I liked book one in The Haberdashers and I was expecting a lot from this one since I liked Quince’s character so much in book one. I didn’t dislike this book and it had its moments but it certainly was not as good as the first book in the series.

Quincy Telford, Duke of Beloin, has misidentified Sabre as a fallen woman and offers her the position of being his mistress. Sabre being an accomplished with the sword since the age of eight responds to his offer by challenging him to a duel. By the end
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Amanda Ryan-Romo
I very much enjoyed "Trials of Artemis." I knew going in that this book was much darker, but I was still prepared to like it based on enjoying Sue London's craftsmanship in character development.

I did not. It was too dark, and it was too unbelievable on a number of levels.

First, I didn't care for the characters. What sort of duke lies around all day and doesn't do anything about his estates? He was a major depressive. In "Trials of Artemis," Quince was somewhat plugged as Gideon's match in Parli
The Haberdasher's continue to live on, and Jack's lively little sprite of a friend Sabre, blossoms into her own story in this second book of Ms. London's series.

Overall, book two of the Haberdasher's didn't do what book one did for me. However, in its defense Ms. London set the bar incredibly high with the Trials of Artemis. While I enjoyed the premise of this story, it was Quince's character (and maybe his name) that brought forth disappointment. The plot moves quickly enough, with just enough
Amandy Q
cute but not up to the standard of the last one. I actually had more sympathy for the Duke of Beloin than the little general and her dramatics. Oh woe is me, I cannot be with my love since he is hogtied by the blackmailer and the debts he must pay and therefore can do nothing about it. He risks his life so I cannot be with him. Oh woe is me. Please. She almost seemed to forget any of her sword knowledge which was different from the first book where the heroine's depth of knowledge in weaponry al ...more
I enjoyed this, as I did the first in the series. I wonder when the third one will be out?
This book is a little slow. I read the first book in this series and I really enjoyed it. This second book was not quite as good. It did not capture my interest like the first one. The main character is not as easy to like as in the first book and the story line is too long. The story could have been quite a few chapters shorter.
Cara Group
Fun book! Humorous and a bit of a wild ride with the duke putting his foot in his mouth right away...
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